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17 South St South Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1901

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 3

Level 3

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of some cultural heritage significance for its contribution to the heritage of Fremantle in terms of its individual or collective aesthetic, historic, social or scientific significance, and /or its contribution to the streetscape, local area and Fremantle. Its contribution to the urban context should be maintained and enhanced.

Statement of Significance

House, 17 South Street, is a typical brick, rendered masonry and iron single storey house dating from c1901. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. It is representative of the typical workers' houses in the Fremantle area. The place is an example of the Federation Bungalow style of architecture.

Physical Description

17 South Street is a single storey, brick and iron house with an asymmetrical façade built in 1901 and designed as an example of the Victorian Georgian style of architecture. The walls are red face brick. The roof is hipped and gabled and clad with corrugated iron. The verandah has a separate corrugated iron bullnose roof supported on chamfered timber posts with decorative iron brackets. The façade is asymmetrical with a bay window to the east, front door with side and fanlights and another double casement window. There is a high rendered masonry wall to the front boundary line.


House, 17 South Street was built in 1901/02 for a Mrs Oliver. Mrs Devenish, a widow, was the first occupant. Mrs Oliver owned the house until her death c. 1950 and the cottage was leased to a succession of tenants during this time. Walter Benthein was a long-term tenant in the 1940s and 1950s.

A Metropolitan Sewerage plan dated 1954 shows a brick house with a bay window to the east and a full length front verandah that wrapped around to the west. The rear verandah was enclosed with weatherboard on either end and had two small outbuildings attached. There was a large asbestos and galvanised iron structure at the back of the yard.

Biaglo Cuccoria purchased the property in the mid-1960s, and by 1981, House, 17 South Street was owned by the Spezzacatena family.

This place was included in the list of heritage places in the City of Fremantle identified by the Fremantle Society (1979/80) - BROWN -significant for making a positive contribution to the built environment of Fremantle.


Medium degree of integrity (original intent mostly clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
Medium degree of authenticity with some original fabric remaining.
(These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as good (assessed from streetscape survey only).

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall BRICK Face Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

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Last Update

21 Feb 2020


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